Services for NCP/Co-Pep

Report
O-PEP
CFSC
Snowmass, CO
June 2, 2014
A New Approach To
Obtaining Child
Support
For 40 years, the child support program has
struggled to address the problem of unpaid child
support.
Great advances in paternity and order establishment
has improved the program immensely, enforcement
has become as impactful as the IRS, but still . . . there
exists non-payers . . .
O-PEP
A New Approach To Obtaining Child Support
What is CO-PEP
•Federally funded demonstration project
•$2.3 million 5 year project that began 9/30/13 and includes 3 full years of
services
•Designed to serve unemployed and underemployed NCPs
• Provides intensive employment service
• Enhanced child support services
• Aims to secure consistent MSP payments
•If successful, federal match dollars may be permanently available for these
type of services.
O-PEP
A New Approach To Obtaining Child Support
What are the CO-PEP services
•
Job search assistance and job readiness training, assistance with
transportation, job placement/development, work clothes, and education
directly related to employment, including education to obtain a GED.
•
Collaboration with RE-HIRE Colorado vendors to utilize transitional job
possibilities with NCPs
•
Proactively review and right size child support orders
•
Suspend automated enforcement activities while NCP in program
•
Arrears forgiveness – 10% per payment up to 50%
•
Fatherhood/Parenting – 16 hour curriculum
O-PEP
A New Approach To Obtaining Child Support
CO-PEP Numbers So Far
350
300
250
161
Regular
Enhanced
200
150
100
164
50
0
325 Enrollments
O-PEP
A New Approach To Obtaining Child Support
CO-PEP Numbers So Far – Extra Services
•58% Employed – average of 44 days to employment placement
•43% made payment in the 3 months before enrollment
•53% made payment in the 3 months following enrollment
•53% attended parenting/co-parenting workshops
•25% were assisted with expedited order modification
O-PEP
A New Approach To Obtaining Child Support
Are We Insane If We Are Not CO-PEP-ING?
Insanity: doing the same thing over
and over again and expecting
different results
-Albert Einstein
O-PEP
A New Approach To Obtaining Child Support
Are We Insane If We Are Not CO-PEP-ING?
Consider an Urban Institute study that 60% of unpaid child
support in a given year is owed from NCPs with reported incomes
of less than $10,000 the previous year.
Assume most NCPs want to support their child but lack the means
to do so – then assume you or your community can help them find
suitable employment, see their children if no DV and right size
their child support orders if appropriate.
O-PEP
A New Approach To Obtaining Child Support
Anthony LaTour
Case Manager
Prowers County
O-PEP
A New Approach To Obtaining Child Support
Erica James
Case Manager
Arapahoe County
O-PEP
A New Approach To Obtaining Child Support
Faith Rumfelt
Case Manager
Jefferson County
O-PEP
A New Approach To Obtaining Child Support
Felicio Ostuni
NCP, Jefferson County
O-PEP
A New Approach To Obtaining Child Support
Group Exercise
Scenarios
O-PEP
A New Approach To Obtaining Child Support
Carving Out Services In Your County
O-PEP
A New Approach To Obtaining Child Support
Group Exercise
Q&A
O-PEP
A New Approach To Obtaining Child Support
If you have further questions:
Dan Welch
CO-PEP Grant Manager
dan.welch@state.co.us
O-PEP
A New Approach To Obtaining Child Support

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